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FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 – News – Kike: Playing in four Futsal World Cups was a huge privilege

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FIFA Futsal World Cup 2021 - News - Kike: Playing in four Futsal World Cups was a huge privilege
  • Spaniard Kike Boned turns 43 in the present day
  • Historic determine gained World Cup in 2000 and 2004
  • Shares reminiscences and discusses upcoming World Cup with FIFA.com

There are few extra revered voices in the world of futsal than that of Kike Boned, a two-time world champion – in 2000 and 2004 – and runner-up on the subsequent two editions. And although he has been retired some seven years now, it’s nonetheless unusual not seeing him in the well-known pink of Spain.

To mark his forty third birthday, FIFA.com spoke to him about his previous glories, the present state of futsal and what he expects from the FIFA Futsal World Cup Lithuania 2021.

FIFA.com: As you flip 43, what springs to thoughts whenever you look again in your vastly profitable profession?

Kike: A way of satisfaction and privilege at having loved a fantastic sport that allowed me to get pleasure from unforgettable moments for membership and nation – moments that went past mere victories and defeats. When you retire you realise how fortunate you might be and that nothing compares to the whole lot you skilled as a participant.

What, if something, would you alter out of your 20 years in the sport?

We all ponder that query however, on reflection, I all the time say that I’ve no proper to complain about something I’ve skilled. I had a very full, satisfying and rewarding sporting life in each sense. I’m certain I might have achieved some issues higher or taken different selections, however it’d be very unfair to alter something as a result of what I skilled was actually unforgettable.

If you needed to single out only one second out of your profession?

That’s onerous… As you become old, you downplay the sporting facet of issues and assign better worth to the remainder, to the vital issues. When I’m requested to choose my worst second, everybody assumes it’s dropping on penalties in the ultimate of a World Cup [at Brazil 2008] or EURO, however no, it was when the group had a bus accident in 2005 and I wasn’t touring with them. You rise up in the morning to see 200 missed calls and don’t know what is going on on… These days, issues like that matter greater than sporting ones.

I was chatting with [former Brazil international] Vinicius the opposite day and we agreed that what we actually valued was the expertise, whatever the consequence. We had been a photograph of us taken earlier than the ultimate of the 2012 World Cup in Thailand, which he was fortunate sufficient to win and we weren’t. Just to have the ability to have that second, to be in that place, to be chosen for the ultimate and to get pleasure from it… So singling out one particular second could be very tough and a bit unfair after a 20-12 months profession.


Spain v Brazil: FIFA Futsal World Cup Thailand 2012 Final

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But there was a particular second at that 2000 World Cup, when Spain secured their first title and confirmed, above all, that Brazil could possibly be crushed…

That was the turning level for futsal in Spain, and it might mark the careers and lives of all of us who had been there. It modified the historical past of futsal in Spain and the world. We confirmed that Brazil weren’t invincible, that there was a group of ‘crazies’ who determined they could possibly be crushed – and in the ultimate of a World Cup no much less.

At the time it was an unbelievable factor, and we proceed to rejoice it after greater than 20 years. So we’re a privileged group. It was probably the most vital matches, if not the most, of my profession, for the whole lot it meant, and but I didn’t truly play in it. I was a child nonetheless, the youngest in the group, however I really feel privileged to have been in a position to expertise that in entrance of these hundreds of individuals.

And these ‘crazies’ then repeated the feat in 2004…

A variety of issues had been totally different that 12 months, it was totally different futsal by then. What is true is that we took benefit of Brazil’s continued perception that their defeat in 2000 had been a fluke. In 2004, we took the idea of taking part in as a group to the acute. In phrases of functionality and particular person high quality, we knew we had been far behind Brazil, however we gave a masterclass on what it’s to compete and be a actual group.

It’s additionally true that nothing compares to the primary time. Although we loved 2004 a lot and retaining the title was historic, for the 5 of us that performed at each World Cups, the sensations second time round had been totally different, regardless of being properly conscious of its significance.

Would you say that there’s now extra parity in the sport, with the group taking priority over particular person brilliance?

There are extra [coaching] instruments now and better emphasis on taking part in as a group, whereas sides have improved in phrases of bodily and tactical preparation. It’s a lot more durable now to get a bonus and, whereas variations stay and the nice groups are nonetheless excellent, the whole lot has change into extra evenly matched. If you watch a World Cup or EURO fixture, it is onerous to say who the clear favourites are, when beforehand it was all the time evident.

Has this levelling-out additionally affected Spain, who’ve discovered it more and more tough to win at European stage?

To a sure extent. It’s simple that in case your opponents are weaker, you’ve a higher probability of successful, however the diploma to which your opponents have improved primarily relies on who you are up towards. In current years Spain have been one of many groups setting the tempo, however they misplaced the 2018 EURO to Portugal and had been eradicated by Russia in the quarter-finals of the 2016 World Cup. That forces you to maintain enhancing and to by no means simply accept what you’ve. What’s sure is that your personal enchancment stems from the progress being made by your rivals.

Brazil made us a higher facet and demanded the utmost from us as a group, as did everybody else we confronted. I additionally consider that Brazil had been compelled to maintain enhancing due to the questions we requested of them. Their defeats had been in half as a result of their lack of ability to grasp who they had been up towards in that period.

At the 2000 World Cup, we confirmed that Brazil weren’t invincible, that there was a group of ‘crazies’ who determined they could possibly be crushed – and in the ultimate of a World Cup no much less.

Kike Boned

What do you be taught by taking part in at a World Cup?

You be taught to worth issues. I was lucky sufficient to play at four of them, which was an unlimited privilege. In the day-to-day lifetime of a World Cup, you perceive how precious the group is and the actually vital position empathy performs inside it. You be taught to place the nice of the group above the non-public and that the smallest element could make the distinction.

How will you observe Lithuania 2021?

I’ll get pleasure from it however otherwise, hoping Spain can get a third star, which might be good for everybody right here. Winning would give a enhance to the game nationally, as occurred to us in 2000 and Argentina after the final World Cup. I’ll be watching it from residence, struggling with the group however making an attempt to benefit from the play. I undergo far more as a fan than as a participant, which has stunned me.

What are your expectations for Spain?

Spain are all the time in with a probability. They have a technology of younger gamers who can have a large position in the group’s future. There’s increasingly more parity and the vary of title contenders is bigger, however Spain are amongst these candidates. The aggressive stage of the highest Spanish futsal league stays excessive, so that ought to give Spain a head begin over others on the World Cup.

As a veteran of four editions, how does being the host nation, as Lithuania shall be this 12 months, change a nation?

In the four editions I had the nice fortune to participate in, you realise that the battle for the World Cup itself has nothing to do with one nation or one other. What we skilled in Guatemala in 2000 was a real craze, a frenzy. The match in China’s was totally different, because it was when Brazil hosted it, which fits with out saying… Now the Futsal World Cup is coming to Lithuania, a small nation however one with a custom of indoor sports activities, so hopefully it might probably make its mark and that circumstances enable that influence to be appreciable. The nation and its federation have gotten behind it and I consider it’ll be a success.


 Rafael Usin of Spain celebrates his goal during the Futsal Euro 2014 Quarter Final match between Slovenia and Spain

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Players and groups to observe in Lithuania

Kike didn’t hesitate to single out some names and nationwide groups to observe on the upcoming FIFA Futsal World Cup.

Pito: “I’d pay the entrance price for a Brazil game just to see him. There’s also Ferrao, Gadeia and a lot of other players, but Pito has everything a futsal player needs. He’s true to his sport and his team, conscientious in his behaviour, has a technique and range of ability that is beyond reproach, and he entertains the fans. And he does it all with a smile. If I were Lithuanian and going to watch a World Cup game at one of the arenas, then Pito would definitely be someone worth watching.”

Fernan: “He’s in the same bracket as Pito. I’m sure he’s going to be in the Spanish team. He’s a 26-year-old who is in tremendous form at present and is ruthless. I’m convinced he’ll be worth watching at the World Cup.”

Argentina: “They’ll continue to place great store on collective strength. Their rivals mustn’t make the mistake of dismissing their 2016 title as a fluke. The immense work started by Diego Giustozzi and continued by Matias Lucuix will be evident in Lithuania.”

Russia: “There is a crop of young Russian players at an extraordinary level and, if the team is able to harness that strength, they will have a great chance. They’re one of the many teams that are progressing, while being very competitive and capable of putting up a real fight.”


Fernando Wilhelm of Argentina holds the trophy during the FIFA Futsal World Cup Final match between Russia and Argentina

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